“I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later
I can build castles.”
- Shannon Hale
I love working with authors to help them polish their manuscripts until they shine! I treasure my critique groups, and know that providing and receiving critiques has made me a stronger author. I am a member of 12x12, a judge with Rate Your Story, and one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek. The following critique options are available. If you don’t see an option that works for you, please contact me so that we can design a package that meets your needs.
Picture Books: (1000 words or less)
Full Professional Critique Options
Full Professional Critique: $95.00 — This critique includes line edits; big picture comments (including strengths and weaknesses); an analysis of the narrative arc, emotional arc, emotional resonance, voice, pacing, and character development; an exploration of where your manuscript fits into the market;, ways to slim down your text; ideas about writing in a visual way; ways to craft satisfying page turns; and craft resources.
Follow-Up Critique: $85.00— This critique is available after your manuscript has received a Full Professional Critique and has been revised. It includes line edits; big picture comments (including strengths and weaknesses); an analysis of the narrative arc, emotional arc, emotional resonance, voice, pacing, and character development; an exploration of where your manuscript fits into the market;, ways to slim down your text; ideas about writing in a visual way; ways to craft satisfying page turns; and craft resources.
** Full Professional Critiques will be returned within 3-5 days of receipt of payment. **
Big Picture Critique Options
Initial Big Picture Critique: $45.00 — This critique includes a paragraph summary of the strengths and challenges in your manuscript, and possible areas to consider as you revise.
Follow-Up Big Picture Critique: $35.00 — This critique includes a paragraph summary based upon a revision of a manuscript that received a Big Picture Critique.
** Big Picture Critiques will be returned within 2-4 days of receipt of payment. **
Unique Critique Options
Polish Package: $225.00 — When you have a great submission opportunity, an agent asks for more work, or you have a tight deadline looming, the Polish Package will get you feedback from TWO authors (Lauren and Katie Frawley). Katie is an incredibly talented author who always offers insightful and enriching feedback. With this unique package, feedback will be returned within 48 hours so that you can polish your manuscript until it shines. For more information about Katie Frawley, you can visit her website at: https://katiefrawley.com/.
Query Letter Critique Package: $45.00 — With this package, you will receive an initial query letter critique and a follow-up read. Critiques will include suggestions for crafting the most dynamic and engaging query letter possible. Query critiques will be returned within 72 hours.
Add $25.00 to any critique and the critique will be returned within 24 hours. Please email Lauren to make sure she is in town before signing up for a rush.
I have created a number of templates and tools over the years that have helped me tremendously. One of my beloved critique partners recommended I post them on my website, so here are a few! I hope they help you too!
Please enter the specific fee in PayPal. I look forward to working together!